You know that feeling when you run into an old friend who's always supported you, even before you became successful?
Those nostalgic vibes will resurface when Lionize's Nate Bergman (frontman/guitar) and his rock/reggae brethren, now full-time musicians, return to Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday.
They'll be playing cuts off their recent album, "Superczar and the Vulture," older tunes and jams off their upcoming album that's slated for early 2014.
"I think it's going to be great," said frontman Nate Bergman, 30. "We probably haven't played there for seven years now. I think the stage is smaller than we remember. But you can't really complain about good beer and music."
Much has changed since Lionize, based in Silver Spring, Md., made its debut at Dogfish Head around 2005. Since 2009 the guys have been performing full-time. They were even selected for the Vans Warped Tour in 2011.
Lionize has also dropped multiple projects including its latest, "Superczar and the Vulture," released in 2011. The album includes the band's new single, "Dr. Livingston," in which the video (released in March) features an appearance by H.R., the legendary frontman of the hardcore punk band Bad Brains.
With lyrics based in fantasy and a musical style rooted in rock, Lionize is a meld of groove-heavy stoner rock that meets dark reggae. And "Superczar and the Vulture" reflects such elements. It's a fantastical project with a title coined by bassist Henry Upton who, at the time, was influenced by "comic book-style villains and heroes and theatrical scenarios," Bergman said. "I think it's a name we thought was good and everyone else was on the same page."
What initially attracted Lionize to playing at Dogfish – one of the first-ever venues where the band got to play out of state – is they "weren't concerned about us [not] playing cover songs," Bergman fondly recalled. "That's why we [are] coming back" and "we're definitely excited."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Lionize in concert
WHEN 10 p.m., Thursday
WHERE Dogfish Head, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach
INFO Visit dogfish.com or call 226-BREW